Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Growing rapidly nationally, research has shown the program to increase physical activity, self-esteem and academics among participants. GOTR provides girls in the Branch County area grades 3-5, with a 10 week after school program that meets twice a week for 75 minutes. Volunteer Coaches leading the sessions are trained in GOTR, CPR and First Aid. The sessions start with a healthy snack, followed by a 30 minute lesson covering topics including self-esteem, friendship, character, body image, nutrition, bullying, and community. The final 45 minutes of the program involve training to run a celebratory 5K (3.1 miles). Girls adjourn to outdoors, weather permitting, completing fun and engaging running activities. The Branch County program starts Mid-March and culminates with a late May 5K run. The run brings together the girls and their buddy runners from across the county. Branch County has had an excellent turn out from folks as supporters and running buddies for this event.